10 ACT Tips You Need To Know!
1. Answer every question
There is no penalty for getting the wrong answer, so you should attempt every single problem. Even guessing is better than leaving a question blank because then you at least have a chance of getting the question right.
2. Use Process of Elimination
You aren’t going to know every single answer to every question. Instead of getting to a tricky question and guessing randomly, use process of elimination to get rid of some of the choices. Narrow down your selection by crossing out answers that you know aren’t right. Even if you aren’t exactly sure which leftover answer is right, you will have a much greater chance of getting the question correct.
3. Come back to a hard question
If you are having trouble figuring out a question, go on and then come back to it at the end. A lot of times, taking a break from looking at it makes the answer much more obvious the second time around.
4. Pace yourself
You have a limited amount of time to finish each test, so you can’t spend too long on any one question. If you are taking a long time to come up with an answer, skip the problem and move on to the next.
5. Beware of obvious answers
Often, an answer is thrown in that seems like the obvious choice. These are meant to be misleading, so don’t fall for the trap. Read every answer choice to be sure that you are choosing the correct answer.
6. Go with your gut
Don’t go back and change your answer to a question unless you are certain it is wrong. Statistics show that your first guess is more often the correct choice.
7. Guess with the same letter
Not everyone can finish all of the questions for each test. If you don’t have enough time to read or work out anymore questions, and you have left a few blank, choose all of the same letter when filling in your guesses on the answer sheet. Statistics have shown this is the most effective way to get the most right answers when blindly guessing.
The best way to get good at anything is to practice as much as you can. There is an abundance of free programs where you can take practice tests, and many schools have ACT prep courses for students.
9. Mark in the test booklet
Use the test booklet as scratch paper, and not just for math. Underline main ideas in the reading section. Cross out answers you know aren’t right. Write down formulas. Draw diagrams. Fill in missing parts of figures. You can put anything down on the booklet, and a lot of times, writing extra information out helps you see the answer more clearly.
The best scores come from the most prepared students. Get a good night sleep, eat breakfast, bring all of the materials you need to the test, and stay positive. You do your best when feeling your best.
by Admit See